Research Spotlight

The databases often return hundreds of medical studies for a single wellness approach. This section summarizes a sampling of five studies – providing just a taste of the available research. These Spotlights were not selected because they are the most favorable or the most recent, but to provide you an introduction to the more extensive research you’ll uncover searching the four databases found in the “Research” section of this site.

  • Electroacupuncture Helped Chronic Back Pain Sufferers Walk and Move Better
    A 2020 double-blinded randomized trial from Stanford University found that six weeks of electroacupuncture (which uses a small electric current passed between needles) helped people with chronic lower back pain: They reported improvements in walking comfortably, standing for longer periods, bending and kneeling, etc. It did not help with pain intensity. The researchers concluded that with back pain, it’s best to use a multimodal approach and electroacupuncture can provide clinically significant reduction in disability.
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  • Acupressure Sometimes More Effective than Physical Therapy in Reducing Back Pain
    In a randomized controlled trial (129 patients), acupressure was found to be significantly more effective than physical therapy in reducing chronic lower back pain. 
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  • Wristband Effective in Reducing Motion Sickness
    A Pennsylvania State University (US) study revealed that an acupressure wristband is effective in decreasing motion sickness symptoms. 
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  • Labor Pains Relieved by Acupressure
    A Cochrane review (2011, 13 trials, 1986 women) found that acupressure may help relieve – and reduce use of pharmacological management – with labor pain, but also called for further research. 
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  • Acupressure Can Help Reduce Nausea
    A meta-review of available trials (2011) summarized that 16/23 studies found acupressure effective, primarily for management of nausea/vomiting. 9/10 indicated it was effective for dysmenorrhea pain, and pain during labor and after trauma – while 6 reported it improved fatigue and reduced insomnia. Researchers concluded, however, that while acupressure’s impact on symptoms may be wide-ranging, more rigorous trials are needed. 
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  • Acupressure Trumps Classic Swedish Massage
    A Cochrane review (2010, 13 trials, 1,596 participants) assessing the impact of massage types on lower back pain, indicated that acupressure or pressure point massage provided more relief than classic (Swedish) massage. They also argued further research needed. 
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